When I was offered the chance to stay at the W Hotel for a night, I was thrilled (who doesn't love a night downtown?) but also a touch apprehensive (rumors swirl of it still being stuck in the late '90s). Much to the relief of my inner spoiled brat, the W is still the place to stay if you want to party, play, and—if you must—sleep.
One of San Francisco's biggest neighborhoods, SoMa sits at the nexus of old and new SF, where dive bars and deserted buildings on sometimes-sketchy streets intersect with industrial warehouses turned chic residential lofts, start-up hubs, art galleries, and world-class museums. Here's what to do when you're in the neighborhood.
Known for its bounty of tasty restaurants and coffee shops, SoMa is a delicious blend of techies and hipsters, sandwich shops and Michelin-starred restaurants, and breweries and wine bars. Here's where to eat and drink when you're in the neighborhood.
Most young San Franciscans can't even remember a SoMa before the Moscone Center or AT&T Park, when the neighborhood was filled with auto repair shops and unironic billboards advertising PBR. South of Market, a new photography tome by Janet Delaney, turns back the page to SoMa's dingy-yet-vibrant past, offering a glimpse of life B.T. (before techies).
While lamenting the rising cost of rent in the Mission and Hayes Valley has become as ubiquitous and old news as $4 toast, the cost of living in San Francisco's already-priciest neighborhoods has skyrocketed 14.5 percent in the last year alone, Bisnow reports. Willing to shell it out to live among the rich and famous? Start looking in these five 'hoods.
San Francisco institution Marlowe recently underwent a full face-lift. The original restaurant had been a Townsend Street staple since opening in 2010, but, due to construction issues, they recently moved to a new location (a block away at Fourth Street and Brannan). However, it was discovered the demolition that chased them from their home isn't happening for 2 to 6 years. This revelation gave way for a concept engineered by owners Anna Weinberg and James Nicholas to breathe life.
There’s something so satisfying about adding the finishing touches. Karen and Michael Bene already had all the big furniture pieces necessary for their South Beach one-bedroom, but the space still needed finesse.